Mining Country Challenge
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25th Annual Mining Country Challenge - 66 and 96 Mile Options
Saturday, March 18, 2017
The 2017 Mining Country Challenge is still in the planning stage. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.
Saddle up, Pard’ner; it's time to hit the trail! And some trail it is!
We're not talking about some easy little jaunt into the desert on some mule with no name (apologies to America) with a pick and shovel slung over your shoulder, no sir-ee! However, when you see what you'll be climbing, you may want to reconsider that mule! Or maybe get a mountain goat!
Climb, climb, then climb some more!. That's the Mining Country Challenge. It's not for everyone, but if you aspire to put your climbing abilities to the test, this is the ride for you.
- Saturday, March 18, 2017.
- Please check back for check-in and start times.
- Ride starts in Old Town Superior, Arizona
- Registration/Check-in and the Start will take place near the intersection of Main Street and Magma Ave. Look for the signs and the registration table.
- From the Phoenix Metro area, take Hwy 60 (Superstition Highway) east to Superior. Exit at the AZ-177 Winkelman exit and head north. Main Street is less than a mile from the exit and that's where the start is.
- From Tucson take AZ-77 north to AZ-79 and continue until you get to US 60. Turn east on US 60. Exit at the AZ-177 Winkelman exit and head north one mile.
- Parking: There is parking on Main Street as well as at the east end of the courthouse. Or park along a side street.
- The ride finishes at the same location.
The century ride starts in Old Town Superior in the heart of Arizona's mining country. From Superior, you'll go through the Queen Creek tunnel on US 60 (bring your blinking red tail light) and head on toward Miami on the climb nicknamed "Top of the Hill." The road has a narrow shoulder or no shoulder in some spots and it is a two-lane road – please ride single file. The route passes the Inspiration Mine near Globe and then leads southeast out of Globe. Then you tackle a long, 8% grade into the Pinal Mountains to the top of "El Capitan." This is a great place for a rest stop. The downhill into Winkelman is your reward...and the lunch stop after you turn the corner toward Superior (or the Circle K if you prefer).
Out of Winkelman, you'll head north toward Kearny, passing the Ray Mine. The climb culminates in a "hill" called "The End of the World," a 1.5 mile climb that averages 11%. After you make it up that hill, you will think it is the end of the world! From the top, it is downhill into Superior. By the end of the 96-mile ride, you'll have climbed 7000 feet.
A metric century option (actual distance 66 miles) is also available. The route will go from Superior to Winkelman and return. This will be a great route for those who want to test their climbing abilities, but are not certain they can (or want to) ride the full 96-mile route. The cyclists who will be riding the metric century will also have the challenge of surviving the 11% climb up "The End of the World" on their way back to Superior.
- Please check bzck for registration information.
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